The Word

In search of the best ideas, insights and perspective in published works.


How bloggers in China, Cuba and Russia are reshaping politics

A review of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground, by Emily Parker.


Confessions of an amateur horticulturist

A review of A Garden of Marvels: The Discovery that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of the Way Plants Work, by Ruth Kassinger.


Books | Stranger than fiction

A review of Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science, by Nathalia Holt.